Cuba's impact on world history is impressive. The small Caribbean island has been at the centre of world events. Covering the breadth of the island's history in concise and readable detail, this intelligent, authentic guide begins with the pre-Hispanic period, through to Cuba's struggle to maintain the revolution in the years following the collapse of the Soviet Union and finally ends with Fidel Castro's decision to step down in 2008. Including a bibliography, this essential introduction to Cuba is perfect for anyone searching beyond the cliches of Cuba.
Sergio Guerra-Vilaboy, a professor at the University of Havana, obtained a doctorate in history at the University of Leipzig. He is the author of numerous books on Latin American history and is currently the executive secretary of the Association of Latin American and Caribbean Historians. Oscar Loyola-Vega is a professor of history at the University of Havana.